Enjoy the convenience of microwave popcorn without all the cost and chemicals that go along with the store-bought kind. This microwave popcorn bag can be used over and over again, and doesn’t require any oil. Just measure some kernels into the bag, stick it in the microwave, and it’ll pop just as fast as the store-bought stuff.
These sew up quick, and would make an excellent gift.
Reusable Microwave Popcorn Bag Tutorial
What You’ll Need:
- (2) 13″ x 22″ piece of 100% cotton fabric (quilting cotton)
- 100% cotton thread
- A ruler
- Sewing pins or sewing clips
- A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
Optional (but nice to have):
Warning: Do not use anything but 100% cotton, non-metallic fabric and thread for this project. Other materials could burn or melt in the microwave. Wash your fabric, before sewing your popcorn bag.
What You Do:
Pin the two pieces of fabric together, right-sides facing. Then, sew a 1/4-inch seam around three sides, leaving one of the short sides open.
Turn the fabric right-side out, and push out the corners.
Then, fold the open seam in, and secure it with a few pins or clips.
Topstitch a 1/8-inch seam along the edge to close the seam. Then, topstitch along the other short side. These will end up forming the opening for your bag, so it’s good to reinforce them.
Now, lay your fabric out on your work surface with the short sides positioned at the top and bottom, and the fabric you’d like on the outside of your bag facing up. Fold the top edge down three inches.
Then, bring the bottom edge up to meet the top edge. It should completely cover the three-inch fold you just made.
Secure the sides with a couple pins of clips.
Then, sew a 1/2-inch seam up both sides.
Box the bottom corners of the popcorn bag, so it’ll stand on its own. This is easy to do. Just stick your hand inside the bag, and find the bottom of one of the side seams. Then, use your other hand to flatten out the side of the bag, until the bottom of the seam folds out and forms a triangle.
Now, measure two inches down from the top point of the triangle, and draw a line straight across.
Sew along the line you just made. Then, repeat the process on the other side of the bag.
Here’s what it should look like when you’re done. Normally, when you make box corners you trim the excess fabric above your seam, but this time we’re going to leave it. Those extra tail pieces will help the bag expand in the microwave.
Flip your microwave popcorn bag right-side out, and take it for a test drive.
To use your microwave popcorn bag, simply pour 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels into the bag, and place it in the microwave with the flap facing up. I like to put a plate under mine to keep it clean.
Then, microwave your popcorn for the same amount of time you normally would. Two-and-a-half to three minutes works well for me. I set the timer for five minutes; then, stop it when the popping slows.
The bag will be hot when you take it out of the microwave, so be careful.
Fold the flap back, and the bag becomes a bowl! How cool is that?
If you’d like to add a little oil, salt or flavoring to your popcorn, I recommend transferring your popcorn to a bowl, so the bag stays clean. It is machine-washable, though.
There’s nothing to throw away when you’re done, and the bag takes hardly any space to store. I love everything about this reusable microwave popcorn bag.
Do not microwave your popcorn bag for more than five minutes. Overheating could cause scorching or fire. If you need to pop a second batch of popcorn, allow the bag to cool completely, before using it again. Do not heat the bag empty, or leave your microwave unattended when it’s in use.
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